Boston's 1st Medical Marijuana Dispensary opens on Wednesday

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on August 06, 2016.

The Patriot Care Corporation of “Columbia Care” on Wednesday opened the first medical marijuana dispensary in Boston for the qualifying patients. It is located downtown at 21 Milk Street and become the seventh medical marijuana facility in Massachusetts.

"Being the first marijuana dispensary permitted to open in the City of Boston is a privilege for every member of our local and national organization.  Our mission of improving lives is at the core of everything we do," said Columbia Care CEO Nicholas Vita. "We are grateful for and humbled by the support we have received from patients, our neighbors, the City of Boston, the State of Massachusetts and stakeholders throughout the United States.”

To access the newly opened dispensary facilities, patients must be deemed eligible by a certified physician and be registered with the State through the Department of Public Health. Registered patients can visit the dispensary from 10am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday, and 10am to 3pm on Sunday. A variety of marijuana formulations including cured leaf from numerous strains, infused edible products and concentrates will be available for the qualifying patients.

Company officials say they are prepared to handle at least 150 customers each day at the location, while the state health statistics reveals that around 13,000 patients across the state have purchased medical marijuana in the month of June alone.

“Boston police officers will be on detail outside the dispensary daily”, says the head of security George Agganis. “A security guard will screen people before they enter Patriot Care’s lobby, where they have to show their state ID for buying marijuana products”.

Notably, the marijuana dispensary opens in the same week that the debate over legalizing recreational use of marijuana turned sharper, with the president of the Boston City Council and another councilor expressing their support for a November ballot.

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